School news for Nov. 2

Verdun Bound

This past week, the Rappahannock County High School 8th grade class was treated to a day at Verdun Adventure Bound to experience a variety of team challenges. This is an annual tradition as part of the 8th Grade Academy transition program.

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RCHS 8th graders participate in the annual tradition of team building, experiences that they can later apply to real-life situations. Courtesy photo

According to RCHS School Counselor Dani Pond, “The Verdun experience provides team building exercises for the students which supports and promotes personal growth through experiential learning. Students overcome a variety of physical challenges and then apply their experience to real-life situations such as school. Topics addressed include collaboration, communication, problem solving, flexible thinking, trust, and conflict resolution. The PTO and Headwaters Foundation traditionally provide support for this wonderful and fun opportunity.”

 Murder Mystery

Last Friday, the RCHS class of 2020 hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner theater for the Rappahannock community. This performance, Crime and Punishment, was presented by Murder Mystery Company, a professional theatrical company. Several attendees were asked to play character roles while the audience had to solve the clue-style mystery.

A cast member of last Friday’s Murder Mystery Dinner at RCHS provides clues for dinner-goers. Courtesy photo

 Red Ribbon Week

During the recent spell of warm weather, RCHS students and staff went outdoors to create a human sculpture in the shape of a red ribbon for Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is a way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Once everybody — er, the ribbon — was in place, renowned aerial photographer Lain Carney, also of Pen Druid Brewing fame, captured the beautiful scene.

RCHS students and staff tie a red ribbon against drug abuse. By Lain Carney

 Sweat then sweets

This past weekend, Commit to Be Fit held a Halloween themed exercise event for all ages. Adults were treated to sample group exercise classes: ballet toning, dance, mixed martial arts cardio, and yoga.

Meanwhile, the youth completed a fun, fall themed obstacle course, painted pumpkins, and participated in yoga. The event ended with a costume contest.

Commit to Be Fit’s fall-themed obstacle course was a learning experience for children. Courtesy photo

Hats off, Bryce

RCHS junior Bryce Jones has demonstrated his leadership potential, earning a trip to William & Mary Courtesy photo

That was Bryce Jones, a junior at Rappahannock County High School, who was selected to participate in the recent Economics for Leaders program conducted at the College of William & Mary. Bryce was one of 30 students from around the country who were honored by being accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ Economics for Leaders program in Williamsburg. All of the students had been selected because they have demonstrated excellent leadership potential.

During the week-long program, students attained an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ these concepts for successful and effective leadership. Additionally, participants achieved a heightened awareness of the impact their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. Students who have attended Economics for Leaders programs in prior years have called it “the experience of a lifetime.”

 Theater competition

Next Saturday, November 11, RCHS will host the regional VHSL theater competition, the first play of four beginning at noon. Four teams will compete in the timed contest and Rapp will go on stage for the final time slot. Theater goers will want to come out and see some excellent high school drama, the good kind!, as Director Russell Paulette has his troupe tuned and ready for their own return to state level competition.

A time to celebrate

Last Friday, Wakefield Country Day School launched a yearlong 45th Anniversary celebration with an afternoon of community service, a cupcake party with outdoor games, and an evening of entertainment at a school wide Talent Show. For an extra special touch to the day, everyone in the school donned commemorative anniversary t-shirts donated by a very generous WCDS grandparent.

WCDS students, among other projects, descended on Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, where they painted a shed, raked leaves, and as seen here moved loads of dirt and gravel. Courtesy photo

After a morning of classes, students of all ages engaged in a variety of service projects to show appreciation to the community for the many years the school has been in this special place that is Rappahannock County. Young children prepared to deliver books to nearby libraries and childcare centers and wrote letters of appreciation and encouragement to our men and women in the armed services. Middle school students visited Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church to paint a shed, rake leaves, and move loads of dirt and gravel. The students also lent helping hands to an elderly Sperryville resident by planting mums, raking leaves, and washing her car. Older students visited RappCats, the local cat shelter, performed highway cleanup in Flint Hill, and packaged desperately needed goods to send to the residents of Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria. In addition to overseeing the group service projects, faculty members led housekeeping projects, sprucing up the campus inside and out.

Sports shorts

RCHS Coach Kemp Pullin’s Varsity football team played their last road game of the season this past Saturday and improved to 5 and 4 on the year with a 44-0 shellacking of Grace Christian School. Stats leaders on offense included Christian Burns with an 80 yard TD run, Chance Graves with two TD runs of 63 and 53 yards along with a 25 yard TD reception from QB Richard Lillard, and Colby Frye with a 15 yard TD from QB Lillard and a pick six interception of 50 yards. Chance was rushing leader for the day with 138 total yards.

On Coach Scott Stephens’ defense Johnny Beard had 14 tackles and 2 assists including two and a half sacks and a fumble recovery, Ryan Grigsby recorded 6 tackles, and Drake Lynn had 5 tackles, 2 assists and an interception of his own.

The Varsity Panthers return home tomorrow night, Friday November 3, for their final game of the season, hosting the Colonels of Nelson County. Kickoff is 7 p.m. and seniors from football, cheer and Band will be recognized at 6:30, while the Panther Marching Band will present their final show at halftime.

Coach Rich Hogan’s Junior Panther football team had their final game of the season last Monday, hosting Prospect Heights Middle School. The team finished the season with a win and a best ever 4-2 record on the season, triumphing over Prospect Heights in a dramatic 8-6 victory.

In Volleyball, the Varsity Panthers struggled to find the W last week, dropping two games to Bull Run District Rivals George Mason on the road and Madison County at home, but then got the win when it counted this past Saturday in first round action of the Bull Run District Tournament. Hosting the first round District Tournament game, the Panthers took the victory over the Rams of Strasburg, earning the right to face District leader Madison County.

The Varsity team will be hosting a first round Regional playoff game this Saturday, November 4, at 2 p.m. in the first step back to States.

Coach Seth Wyatt’s Junior Varsity squad ended their season last week with a split effort, losing to George Mason on the road but then ending the season with a win at home over Madison County. The Mountaineers came into the Rapp gym in first place in the JV standings with an undefeated record. They left still in first place, but no longer undefeated as the Rapp girls turned in a dominating two set win to secure the season ending victory and a second place finish in the Bull Run JV standings.

Last but not least the Rapp harriers competed in the Bull Run District championship meet last week at Clarke County. Running in a warmup for the Regional meet that will qualify runners for the State championship (Saturday, November 11 at the Great Meadows course in Warrenton), Rapp’s runners were competing against teams from five other 2A schools (Rapp is 1A, the smallest designation) in the District Championship, a race that had no bearing on state qualifying but served as an excellent warm-up nonetheless.

On the girls’ side Rapp’s Rachel Weghorst took second place overall with a time and new personal record of twenty minutes flat. The girls placed fourth as a team but, more importantly, are all healthy now and in prime shape for next week’s regional competition at Panorama Farms outside of Charlottesville. The boys’ squad ran hard but just could not make headway against the stiff 2A competition failing to place but getting a benefit from the warmup for next week’s Regions when they will only be running against other 1A schools.

The Winter sports parent meeting is Thursday Nov. 9, in the RCHS auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

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